Statement by the Minister of Health, Mr Michalis Hadjipantelas, on the decisions of the Council of Ministers
During today’s meeting of the Council of Ministers, I informed the President of the Republic and my fellow Ministers on the epidemiological data of the last days. In particular, the analysis of the evidence of traces of positive cases reveals influxes of cases arising from places of increased assemblage and social events. Large chains of positive cases within mainly young people with intense social activity are being observed.
At the same time, it has been found that more than 90 % of COVID cases have either not completed their vaccination scheme or have no history of vaccination, intensifying concerns about virus mutations and the dispersion of the virus in the community. Equally worrying is the fact that the majority of hospitalized patients are individuals who have not been vaccinated, and as a result when they become ill, they develop severe symptoms and require inpatient care.
In accordance with the above, and with the aim of minimizing the possibility of transmission of the virus in the areas of increased assemblage and social events, as well as suppressing the diaspora, the Council of Ministers decided today the following:
1. From 9 to 31 July, the maximum number of individuals in indoor spaces shall be set at 250 individuals with necessary SafePass presentation or 350 individuals provided that all individuals are vaccinated at least with the first dose and a period of three weeks has elapsed, or have been infected with COVID-19 during the last six months. It is understood that in each case the health protocol applies to each establishment/sector.
2. From 9 to 31 July, the maximum number of individuals in outdoor spaces shall be set at 350 individuals with necessary SafePass presentation or 500 individuals provided that all individuals are vaccinated at least with the first dose and a period of three weeks has elapsed, or have been infected with COVID-19 during the last six months. It is understood that in each case the health protocol applies to each establishment/sector.
3. Individuals aged 12-15 years, who cannot be vaccinated at this stage, and individuals 16 years and over who cannot be vaccinated due to a serious medical problem, upon presentation of the necessary medical certificate can be exempted and may present a certificate of negative result from a PCR test or a rapid antigen testing valid for 72 hours.
4. The places in which the above will apply are the dining establishment, events or reception venues, nightclubs, entertainment venues, music and dance venues, bars, discos, theatres, amphitheaters, theaters, cinemas, religious places and stadiums, excluding football stadiums.
5. Businesses/establishments that will choose to accommodate only citizens who have been vaccinated or who have been ill during the last six months, should ensure that this is noted in a prominent area of the business/establishment, as well as inform citizens of their decision.
6.The owner or the manager of the business or the establishment is responsible for the implementation of the SafePass and other health measures. It is stressed that the Police and the authorized officers of the Services/Departments will continue to be responsible for the control and supervision of the measures.
In addition, it is recalled that, according to the decisions of the 2nd July, the following are in force:
In addition, I would like to express my gratitude to the private companies and public law organisations who, as part of their corporate social responsibility, will provide incentives for young people to promote vaccination. More information will be announced by the Commissioner for Citizen in the coming days.
Ladies and gentlemen,
The burden on epidemiological indicators requires careful application of personal protection measures and health protocols. We need to remember in any case that the virus is still among us and only with responsibility and discipline will we prevent its spread, for the benefit of the whole society.
On this occasion, I would like to call on our fellow citizens who have not yet proceeded with their vaccination, to do so as soon as possible, in order to protect themselves and contribute in this way to the building of immunity in the community that will allow everyone to return to functional normality safely.
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